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UPDATE: ADFF shifts to hybrid screening formats, with MAU still headlining

The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) has updated its 2021/22 season to follow a hybrid format, presenting full festivals, private film previews, pop-up screenings, and its virtual program, ADFF:ONLINE. After careful consideration, the Festival has decided not to host public screenings in September and early October for ADFF:NY and ADFF:LA due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic and its ongoing challenges. ADFF is still planning in-person events starting with ADFF:Toronto (November 3-7) and then ADFF:Vancouver (November 10-13), and ADFF:DC (January 6-9, 2022). These festivals are currently continuing as originally planned, but the Festival will remain vigilant in monitoring the recommended guidelines and protocols for each location.

The new schedule allows for ADFF:ONLINE to take place earlier in the year, kicking off during NYCxDESIGN. Originally scheduled for January 2022, ADFF:ONLINE will now take place from November 17-December 3, 2021, and will be available to audiences in the United States and Canada. The virtual program will feature ADFF’s full roster of new films for the 2021/22 season, with insightful looks into indigenous architecture, sustainable design, design visionaries from Bruce Mau to Marcel Breuer, and more. Each film will showcase special introductions and Q&As from the filmmakers and film subjects. Available to view on demand from any device, or with APPLE TV and ROKU TV, ADFF:ONLINE offers audiences the ability to tune in to incredible films anytime, anywhere. ADFF:ONLINE will run through the Thanksgiving weekend and offers a great opportunity to enjoy a captivating roster of films with family and friends during the holiday.

On October 22nd ADFF will host the premier in-person screening of Benji & Jono Bergmann’s MAU at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) with Bruce Mau, Bisi Williams and the filmmakers in attendance for a Q&A. MAU, the first-ever, feature-length documentary about design maverick and Sudbury, Ont.-born Bruce Mau. The film explores the creative dark horse and his unlikely journey from a world-class graphic designer to designer of the world. A pioneer of life-centered, transformative design, Mau’s work spans a range of creative endeavors. He has advised global brands like Coca Cola and Disney, reimagined the future of Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, worked with some of the greatest living architects, and even rebranded nations like Guatemala and Denmark.

The film also highlights Mau’s wife, co-founder, designer and Chief Insights Officer of the Massive Change Network and the engine behind their shared enterprise, Bisi Williams. Written and directed by Austrian filmmakers Benji & Jono Bergmann, and produced by Karol Martesko-Fenster, the film tells a character-driven story interwoven with Mau’s 24 principles for Massive Change.

The complete ADFF:2021/22 program and its roster of films, and in-person screenings, will be officially announced during the month of September. All in-person activities will require proof of vaccination. Tickets will go on sale three weeks before the start of each event.

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